Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
My pen name is Douglas L. Wilson, but I go by Doug. I’m 57 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born and raised in the Northern Virginia area, just a few miles outside of Washington DC.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I’m married to the same wonderful woman for 29 years now. I grew up wanting to write, but after high school my life took a different path. I spent 37 years in the construction business. Forced from the industry by health issues when I was in my early fifties, I turned back to writing. My wife and I, along with our two cats, live a quiet life.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’m glad you asked. My latest novel, Awakening, which is also a sequel to my first novel, Affinity’s Window, will be released on April 9th.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I first started writing short stories in high school, but it never really went anywhere. My lifestyle at the time didn’t allow for such luxuries. I’m glad to have it back in my life now, though.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When an agent signed me for Affinity’s Window. Until that point I’d really only considered my writing to be more of a hobby.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I’m not really sure. Maybe it was more than thirty years of wishing I’d chosen writing as a career. When the time and opportunity finally presented themselves, I jumped in without looking back.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
It’s funny, but both of my book titles changed at least a half dozen times. Working titles varied, but it took the work being completed to come up with Affinity’s Window and Awakening.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I’ve tried to pattern myself after my favorite author, Stephen King. I love his stories, and the way he tells them, so I guess I’ve kind of soaked up his style a bit. There are other accomplished writers I try to emulate, but mostly I’ve developed my own prose. I like to keep the story moving at a fast clip.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Only the background of my stories is drawn from my own experience. Locations, descriptions and some basic narrative. The rest is pure imagination.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Never leave the house while writing. I need to remain as much inside my own head during writing as is possible. It echoes in there.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My agent, Melissa Carrigee designed both covers. She’s creatively gifted. She does cover design for lots of authors. Here’s her link. https://www.melissacarrigee.net/
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
No messages from me. I just want the reader to enjoy the ride.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
I’m not really reading anyone new right now. My favorite writer is The King. Stephen King. But there are so many others I love, from Charles Dickens to Robert R McCammon, to Elmore Leonard. My tastes are diverse.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Sorry, but I can’t. My family is wholly supportive, especially my wife, but that’s pretty much where it ends.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I don’t see myself making much money from my books, so it would be hard to call this a career. It’s a calling, definitely, but I don’t see it as work.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, I don’t think so. I will say that I’m always thinking things could have been better, and left to my own devices I would continue rewrites until the cows come home, but now that it’s been finalized for print I accept it for what it is.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes, there is always room for improvement.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
My lead character is a man in is late forties, so I would say a good, strong character actor. I’ll leave the actual choice to those more qualified.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Never give up. This is a hard business to break into. Persevere.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Sure, if you enjoy my work, please tell a friend.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
George RR Martin’s A song of fire and ice.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Good lord no. That was probably almost fifty years ago. If I had to guess, I’d say Charlotte’s Web.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Good, biting sarcasm goes both ways.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Of course. Stephen King. Why? Because he’s the King. Oh, did I mention I like Stephen King?
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Writing and woodworking.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Pretty much everything. I consider TV to be the second greatest invention ever. Electricity being the first. TV wouldn’t be very good without electricity.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Sweets, blue, the Beatles.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
You have tricked me for the last time.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I have a facebook page and twitter account and website. I’ll attach the links here.